START TO FLY

Step based program to help you getting into the fpv hobby

Step by Step Guide for FPV Beginners

If you’re a beginner and want to start with FPV, you’re on the right page! Getting into the hobby hasn’t become much easier in the past years with so many companies providing different FPV gear. The market offering is very confusing and it is hard to differentiate good components from cheap traps. But we are here to help: trust our experience and let us choose for you!

We broke down the equipment into five consequent steps to allow an easy entry into the hobby (or job, if you intend to become a professional FPV Pilot!). This way you don’t have to start with large financial investments to get the first FPV experience while still only buying high quality gear which you can use for a long time. Other (low-cost) starter sets often consist of cheap equipment which has to be replaced for better quality gear in order to really enjoy FPV. If you prefer the full package at once, check out our InstantFly starter Kit together with one of our BNF models.

Have a look below to find out more about each step of our FPV beginners guide.

STEP 1: FPV Simulator

One of the most important and cost saving steps is to get your first FPV experience in virtual environment. This step allows you to get comfortable in piloting an FPV drone without having to worry about crashing your brand new (expensive) drone. This will safe you ALOT of money. The simulator we recommend is Velocidrone which features close to real-life physics. If you feel comfortable flying FPV in this computer game, switching to the real world is no big deal! Of course, the remote controller comprised in this kit is the exact same you are going to use for your real drone later on in the Guide.

Step one of our beginners Guide includes the following:

  • TBS Tango 2 remote controller
  • USB Cable for connection to your computer
  • Velocidrone discount voucher
  • Handout with our recommended settings in velocidrone

BONUS: TBS Tango 2 is one of the most used remote control in the FPV market. Rest assured, you won’t have any trouble selling the tango if you commit to Step 1 and choose to stop with FPV here and now.

STEP 2: LOS Drone

Once you feel comfortable flying in the virtual environment, it is time you get your hands on a real world drone. BUT: This drone does not (yet) have a camera system on board. This might be irritating for many of you, so let us explain:

  • Although flying LOS (line of sight, no video feed) is not explicitly needed for your FPV adventure, landing and starting the drone is a lot easier when done in LOS without the goggles.
  • If your video feed somehow breaks down during flight, you really should be able to bring your drone back safely in LOS. This will also save you a lot of money in the long run. If we didn’t know how to fly LOS, we would have crashed and potentially lost a bunch of drones already.

We compiled the setup for this drone to be super crash resistant yet still powerful and very fun to fly. It’s not like you need to be an expert in flying LOS, but getting the drone home safely is a deciding (and cash saving) skill for every drone pilot. Once you manage to hold the drone steady and perform basic maneuvers in LOS, you can jump right ahead to our next step.

Step 2 of our beginners Guide includes the following:

  • PractiX 3″ Bind and Fly LOS drone
  • 3x LiPo Battery Tattu 4S450 mAh
  • M6D Charger 
  • 180W Power supply
  • 2x XT30-XT60 Adapter (for charing the LiPo batteries)

STEP 3: Go FPV

It is finally time for your first real world FPV experience. The parts included in this step is Plug and Play to your current LOS drone setup to upgrade the drone with an FPV feed. There are two options for the video Link in FPV drones: analog and digital transmission. If you are a thoroughbred FPV racer, choose analog for minimized latency in the video downlink. Otherwise (freestyle, cinematography and long range) digital FPV is the way to go because of its superior image quality. The video goggles are the most expensive single piece of hardware, but by now you should be determined to really dive into the FPV world! 😍

Step 4 includes:

  • Plug and Play pod to upgrade your drone with FPV
  • Video goggles incl. battery

STEP 4: Repair your Drone

Although our goal with this guide is to avoid crashing your drone as much as possible, there is no way around it. You will eventually break some components and the best way to cope with that is by being able to replace the parts yourself! This is the step where we provide all the necessary tools to repair your drone at home.

Therefore, step 4 of our beginners Guide includes the following:

  • Soldering Iron TS-100
  • TBS Solder 
  • Screwdriver Set (5 screwdrivers)
  • Nice tool pouch to store all in one place

Again, this is no cheap quality gear, its what we use every day for our BNF models. And yes, the set is good looking, too! 😉

STEP 5: Complete your Kit

The Final Step is to conclude your FPV setup with a decent FPV Backpack. Torvol is in our opinion the best you can get to safely and comfortably store your equipment in one Bag. As a Bonus, the TBS landing pad is also included in this step.

From this point on your FPV Set is completed and equates to our InstantFly Kit with the PractiX BNF. You can now pair any of our BNF models with your Tango 2 controller and and the DJI Goggle to fully enjoy the many facets of FPV flying.